RE: Possible decay over Switzerland?

From: astes@bluewin.ch
Date: Wed Dec 04 2002 - 06:07:12 EST

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    Hi,
    
    I just checked with Alan Pickup's deacy TLEs from 1.12.02 and SatBase from
    15.11.02 and couldn't identify any low flying object. Just for clarification:
    are the coordinates given in degree/decimals or in degree/minutes, i.e. is
    the location 46°32'/6°46' (east of Lausanne) or 46.32°/6.46° (Thonon)? I
    tested it for the location close to Lausanne.
    
    Maurizio
    
    >Hi everybody,
    >
    >I am not familiar at all with orbiting satellite trajectories but I made
    >the following observation on the early morning of Sunday December 01:
    >
    >Site of observation: N 46.32? E 006.46?
    >
    >Time: 00:20 GMT (+01:20 local)
    >
    >Weather: Mostly clear, light clouds
    >
    >Event:
    >
    >Driving a car, my attention was trap by a some kind of flashes of lighting
    >reflected by the light clouds. Then, on a clear portion of the sky I saw
    >a
    >meteor burning up in the sky (about 45 degrees on the horizon). It was very
    >bright with an electric blue /orange color. The trajectory was heading
    >North, North-East. After few seconds the object split in 3 distinct parts
    >just before disappearing over the mountains. Could it be an artificial
    >satellite decay? It wasn?t looking as the meteors I am used to watch and
    >it
    >wasn?t a firework rocket as well ;-)
    >
    >Thank you for your help!
    >
    > Yann
    >
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